Feb 10, 2013 6:00am PST
of trying to protect mr. menendez, a new jersey democrat, the senate majority leader harry reid needs to remove his gavel pending credible resolution by the senate ethics committee of the swirling accusations of misconduct. is senator menendez in -- in trouble or at least in danger of temporarily losing? he just became the chair of this committee? >> i had a chance to ask harry reid about this at a news conference a couple of weeks ago, and senator reid is giving no indication whatsoever that he is going to take the gavel away, and senator menendez is right about some of the allegations, some of the others that popped up in the conservative news side, the daily caller, no evidence to correspond roborate. the political -- >> almost two years late. >> and did not put them on his disclosure form is a problem for him. >> two weeks ago is one thing. now -- i mean "the new york times" calling for a democrat to remove a democrat from a committee is fairly noteworthy. >> let's say new jersey doesn't exactly have the best record when it comes to ethics in government. what "the new york times"
Feb 17, 2013 6:00am PST
it has to happen. senator reid, harry reid, proposed legislation that would dover the sequestration to the next year. it would be paid for in a balanced way by additional revenue as well as additional -- >> tax hikes. >> indeed. >> -- cuts in spending and that's the way to proceed in avoiding the blunt across-the-board cuts and getting us chance to get back into the regular order, proposing a budget, doing an appropriations bill. >> and we should point out, it's been the democrats who have been in charge of the senate who haven't come up with a budget for the last four years so that's why we haven't this h a regular one. >> he had the budget control act of 2011 which set the caps, which was budgetary and not a resolution between the two houses. we're working on a budget right now and need to get that done. we need time. the sequestration will preempt us from getting a budget done and other factors. >> it's kind of always that you guys need more time and can we put it off until next year. to me it's like the fiscal cliff and now it involves the military and these men saying we won't
Feb 17, 2013 9:00am EST
this put him at odds with senator harry reid, for instance, who needs to keep a majority, or would like to keep a majority in the senate, and as dana mentions, he's got some senators in reagan -- i'm sorry, reagan, whoa, in mitt romney won states that could lose on votes on immigration, on gun control. are they at odds? >> i don't know if he's at odds with senator reid, but senator reid's first statement on the assault weapons ban is he couldn't bring it up in the senate because he has five or six red state democrats that are up for re-election in 2014, and it's a very delicate a very delicate issue. the president has been bold in his state of the union address and i think if he focused on what was doable rather than sort of this wish list, he could get a lot done. but what we find here in washington, both parties, is that they want to overplay their hands and go for what i want rather than what i can do. >> well, exactly. isn't there some thought that when you look at things like minimum wage. when you look at some of the other things on the president's agenda, those look more like pol